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Books in the series: 2.4 First Reading Level Four (Green)

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (new)

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (new)

Author: Russell Punter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

A picture book version of the classic fairy tale. When Goldilocks stumbles upon an empty cottage with three bowls of porridge laid out for breakfast, she sits down to find one that's just right. Little does she know that the porridge belongs to three bears who are on their way home. Featuring colourful illustrations by Lorena Alvarez.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (new)

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (new)

Author: Russell Punter Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/08/2015

When Goldilocks stumbles on an empty cottage in the woods, she sits down to eat breakfast. But none of the three bowls of porridge on the table is quite right...This simple, easy-to-read version of the classic fairy tale is part of the Usborne Reading Programme, comprising over 300 books for children who are learning to read.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

Author: Susanna Davidson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2015

Tells the story of Jack, who swaps his mother's cow for some 'magic' beans which grow into a huge beanstalk. By climbing this oversized plant, Jack reaches the home of a terrifying giant. Will Jack be able to escape with the giant's gold, or will the giant grind Jack's bones to make his bread?

Cinderella

Cinderella

Author: Susanna Davidson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2013

The Golden Carpet

The Golden Carpet

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2013

A prince convinces a peasant girl to marry him by learning to weave carpets. The couple rule as king and queen until a wicked magician kidnaps the king, forcing him to be his slave and weave carpets for the magician to sell. In order to escape, the king finds an ingenious way of getting a message to his wife. It is a traditional folktale from Armenia. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme, which includes over 250 titles across seven levels - all developed in conjunction with reading experts at Roehampton University.

The Magic Wishbone

The Magic Wishbone

Author: Mary Sebag-montefiore Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2012

A king and queen have fallen on hard times - but then their eldest daughter is given a magic wishbone. Can this improve their fortunes? A magical retelling of a Charles Dickens' fairytale, specially written for children who have just started reading alone and developed in conjunction with a reading expert from Roehampton University.

The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl

Author: Russell Punter Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2012

This is a charming retelling of the classic tale by the Brothers Grimm, in the popular First Reading series. Princess Rose goes to visit Prince Hal to discuss their wedding. But she doesn't bargain on her sneaky maid taking her place. Will poor Rose spend her days looking after the royal geese? It is full of quirky and engaging characters, beautifully brought to life by stylish, detailed illustrations. It is developed with a reading expert from the University of Roehampton, with lively, easy-to-read text.

The Tin Soldier

The Tin Soldier

Author: Russell Punter Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2012

This is a charming retelling of the timeless classic by Hans Christian Andersen, in the popular First Reading series. It is full of engaging characters, sure to appeal to young readers, brilliantly brought to life with modern, beautifully detailed illustrations. It is developed with a reading expert from the University of Roehampton, with lively, easy-to-read text. It is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme . It is aimed at children who are beginning to read.

The Story of Baby Jesus

The Story of Baby Jesus

Author: Mary Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2011

The Story of Baby Jesus retold using simple language to help beginner readers develop reading stamina. Follow Mary and Joseph as they travel to Bethlehem in this magical retelling of the Christmas story. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

First Reading Series Four Knights and Castles

First Reading Series Four Knights and Castles

Author: Rachel Firth Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2010

Beginner readers are taken on a trip back to medieval times to learn what it was like to be a knight and live in a castle. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme, developed with experts at the University of Roehampton, this title is full of information on how knights fought, what they did for fun and also includes short biographies of real-life knights and descriptions of some of the castles that can still be seen today. The book is accompanied by Internet links to carefully selected websites that reveal more about knights and castles.

The Reluctant Dragon

The Reluctant Dragon

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2009

This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. When a young boy meets a dragon who doesn't believe in violence he has to defend his new friend from the slash-happy St. George the dragonslayer. This book is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University. It offers a great value quality hardback with ribbon marker guaranteed to foster pride in book ownership.

Why the Sea is Salty

Why the Sea is Salty

Author: Rosie Dickins Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2009

This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, based on a Korean folktale, aimed at children who are beginning to read. The King has a magic millstone, which can make anything he asks for. He keeps the millstone well hidden, but a clever thief tricks a guard into telling him where to find it. The book is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University. It offers a great value quality hardback with ribbon marker guaranteed to foster pride in book ownership.

Thumbelina

Thumbelina

Author: Susanna Davidson Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/12/2008

This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. This is the classic fairytale by Hans Christian Anderson retold, following the adventures of thumb-high Thumbelina. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University. It is a great value quality hardback with ribbon marker guaranteed to foster pride in book ownership.

Androcles and the Lion

Androcles and the Lion

Author: Russell Punter Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/12/2008

This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. One day Androcles comes across an angry lion. But what's that? It has a thorn stuck in its paw and Androcles quickly makes a new friend. This title is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University. It is a great value quality hardback with ribbon marker guaranteed to foster pride in book ownership.

The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2008

This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. It presents the charming, classic poem of the Owl and the Pussycat and their adventure to get married. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University. It is a great value quality hardback with ribbon marker guaranteed to foster pride in book ownership.

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington

Author: Russell Punter Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2008

This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. When young Dick Whittington hears that the streets of London are paved with gold, he travels to the big city to seek his fortune. Things don't quite turn out as he'd hoped, but can a kind man and a cat solve all Dick's problems? It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University. It is a great value quality hardback with ribbon marker guaranteed to foster pride in book ownership.

Baba Yaga The Flying Witch

Baba Yaga The Flying Witch

Author: Susanna Davidson Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/02/2008

This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. Based upon a Russian folk tale, the story follows Tasha, who is sent into the woods to visit the flying witch Baba Yaga by her evil stepmother, with only a cat, a dog and a magic doll to help her escape. It provides clear and compelling text accompanied by vibrant original illustrations by Sara Rojo. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University. It is a great value quality hardback with ribbon marker guaranteed to foster pride in book ownership.

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling

Author: Susanna Davidson Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/05/2006

'The Ugly Duckling' is written especially for children who are learning to read. With delightful illustrations, this book combines a great story with simple text to excite and inspire any beginner reader.

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